May 9, 2022 - News
Gay rights leader John E. Fryer's Philly home gets historic status
The home of gay rights activist and psychiatrist John E. Fryer was recently added to Philly's Register of Historic Places.
- Fryer lived there from 1972 until his death in 2003.
Context: Fryer famously addressed the American Psychiatric Association at its 1972 convention — wearing a mask and wig and referring to himself as "Dr. Anonymous" out of fear of retaliation — and announced, "I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist."
- In that speech, he objected to the APA's classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
- The APA voted to remove the classification one year later.
Of note: Fryer was honored with a historical marker last week in the heart of the Gayborhood.
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